Hull Collegiate School projects carbon emissions reduced by 153.68 tonnes with 8point3 LED lighting retrofit
A brighter learning environment
Pupils and staff at Hull Collegiate School have a brighter, healthier environment in which to work and learn thanks to the installation of energy saving LED lighting.
Supplied by UK manufacturers 8point3 LED and installed by Qudos Energy, based in Beverley, the new lighting will help the school save an overall average of 61% of the energy consumed by the old traditional lights, cutting its electricity bill and its carbon footprint.
Another level of additional savings will also be afforded by integrated, intelligent controls in selected areas of the school.
The light emitted by 8point3 LED fittings is equivalent to daylight on a sunny day and the colour temperature is the same as that used in lamps to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), providing the areas fitted with a brighter, whiter and healthier light.
“Unlike other LED installers, we are able to design and manufacture bespoke solutions for our clients, meaning they can often replace just the internal components of the old lights on a like for like basis,” said Darren Burrows, Business Development Director of 8point3, which is based in Dartford, Kent.
“That means that the installation at Hull Collegiate has been carried out quickly and with minimum disruption to lessons, and is also more environmentally responsible as many of the old fittings have been reused.
“Our LEDs have a guaranteed economic usable life of in excess of 50,000 hours, meaning there should be minimal routine maintenance required, which presents further savings for the school.”
Projections for the first year of the new LED lighting show the school reducing carbon emissions by 153.68 tonnes, saving £32,236 on its electricity bill and £9,303 on maintenance costs.
Mark Raper, Managing Director of Qudos Energy, said: "We are committed to delivering low carbon solutions and were delighted when the opportunity arose to collaborate with 8point3 to deliver such a prestigious project, which was the result of two years’ work.
“To see it finally being installed by our team is inspiring given the huge carbon saving that the project is providing the school."
Rob Haworth, Headmaster at Hull Collegiate School, said: “The LED installation has made a huge difference to the school environment: brightness and clarity of vision with economy and reliability to follow in their wake.
“It has done much, too, to lift the spirits as the dark nights draw in.”
8point3 has an extensive LED for schools programme, including a groundbreaking trial at the Business Academy, Bexley, where a sixth form media rooms has been equipped with the latest in communications through light.
Li-Fi technology as it is known, which has been developed by Edinburgh-based PureVLC, uses the LED light fittings to broadcast high-speed data signals, improving download speeds and connectivity for students and can be made Wi-Fi ready.
Caption: The Sports Hall at Hull Collegiate is one of the areas benefitting from LED lighting
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